Meet the Team

Sally Tabbner – Chief Executive

Sally Tabbner heads up the team at Sage House, Dementia Support as the CEO.

She has overseen the charity from the latter project stages, through to the renovation and opening of Sage House in May 2018.

Read more about Sally here

Sally joined Dementia Support having previously worked at West Sussex County Council for over 24 years. She holds an MBA and CMI Diploma in Strategic Leadership and is experienced in designing and developing services to support vulnerable people to live independently. Sally has also worked closely with the Voluntary and Community Sector in West Sussex for a number of years.

Sally has personal family experience of dementia and recognises how important overall dementia support is for both the person living with dementia as well as their family and carers. She lives in the Arundel area with her husband and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter.

Front of House

When you arrive at Sage House you will be met by our Front of House Team on Reception.  They will be able to assist you with your query and direct you to the appropriate member of staff and department.

Key contacts:

Isla Lewis – Service Manager

Email:  reception@sagehouse.org       Tel: 01243  888 691

Email:  info@dementia-support.org.uk

Read more about Isla Lewis here

Isla started working for Dementia Support in May 2018 as the Sage House Services Manager. She moved here from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust after 6 ½ years working as an Admin Team Lead, then Business Manager for West Sussex Dementia Services, which has led to my passion for improving services for people living with Dementia and their Carers.

Isla has spent 16 years, on and off, working for the NHS in different roles from GP Practice Management in London,  Complaints with NHS West Sussex and various roles with Forensic and Dementia Services with Sussex Partnership. She also had a brief stint with the Crown Prosecution Service after moving to Chichester. Her role with Dementia Support is to manage the day to day operations of the services run at Sage House.

Wayfinding Team

The Wayfinders offer information, advice and support for people living with dementia, and their families and carers.

You are welcome to contact them via phone, drop in to Sage House or make an appointment for a more details discussion.

To learn more about Wayfinding please follow this link.

Key contacts:

Alison Weeks – Wayfinding Team Leader

Jacquie Pond – Wayfinder

Email: wayfinding@sagehouse.org            Tel: 01243  888 691

Read more about Alison Weeks here

Alison started working for Dementia Support in Aug 2017, as a Part-time receptionist, and the reason she wanted to work for us is because she had previously worked for Charities and both her mother and fathers partners had dementia. She saw Dementia Support as an exciting opportunity to join and work for an organisation that could make positive changes in people’s lives.

Alison previously worked for Roll-Royce Motor Cars Ltd as HR Advisor and was there for 3 years before beginning work as a self-employed counsellor (specialising in addictions for Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care) and also ran some groups for Bariatric Consultancy Service. She has also worked as a counsellor for NHS Worthing Hospital, PARC – Portsmouth Area Rape Counselling Service and Havant Bereavement Service and has a foundation certificate in Human Resources as well as a BA Hons Degree in Humanistic Counselling. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Since April 2018, Alison has taken up a new role as “Wayfinding Team Leader” at Sage House. The Wayfinding Service offers a team of volunteers to support people living with dementia their families, carers and friends from pre-diagnosis to end of life care. The Wayfinders can offer emotional support and navigate through health and social care system, as well as offering a familiar face for support on practical issues.

Day Breaks Support Team

Day Breaks at Sage House offers full day and half day support for people living with dementia.  Families and carers can have some respite in the knowledge that their loved one is being cared for by our team of expert, fully trained staff.

To read more about the Day Breaks service, follow this link.

Key Contacts:

Martha Pusey – Head of Care and Activities

Email:   daycare@sagehouse.org           Tel: 01243  888 691

Read more about Martha here

Martha began working at Sage House in April 2018 as Head of Care and Activities. Having watched the charity grow over the last few years and working alongside them while chairing the Dementia Action Alliance for Bognor and Chichester she was keen to join to the team of such an innovative service.

As head of our Day Breaks service she will be developing the services we offer throughout the week which allows carers to take time out from their caring roles. She is also managing the community activity provision which provides a wide range of activities for people living with dementia and their carers to take part in together. Martha strives for excellence and delivering quality care for all, which includes developing and supporting the team of support workers at Sage House to offer a first class service. It is her aim that people living with dementia can continue to enjoy life and sharing the stories of lives with others to maintain their identity as the travel through their journey with dementia, and allowing families to take time for themselves and relax knowing that their loved one is safe and well cared for.

Martha has worked in various care settings from the age of 15 (now aged 40!) including the NHS, private care homes and the charity sector and she has supported people aged 18-101. She has a real passion for working with people and learning about their lives. Previously Martha was a care home manager for 10 years and deputy manager in 2 other care homes and has managed day respite provision around West Sussex  developing services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. Having also been a family carer for her Grandad for 2 years, she understands the pressures of caring and balancing work/home life and the importance that respite offers to cares.

Martha has also worked with other organisations in Chichester and Bognor to develop both as dementia friendly communities in the chair role for the Dementia Action Alliance. She has worked with Sussex Police supporting the development of their search and rescue procedures for people with dementia, organised awareness events and a music and memory day to showcase how music can benefit people living with dementia.

She holds a Masters Degree in Dementia Care and a specialism in Learning Disabilities and Dementia Care and Registered Manager Award. Martha also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Education and developed bespoke training programmes in dementia care. She has won three awards in Dementia Care Provision and Training and Development and has also completed courses in dementia massage, laughter therapy and therapeutic physical activities for people with dementia.

Fundraising Team

The fundraising team achieved the fantastic target of £1.74 million to renovate and open Sage House.  They now work with the local community, businesses and individuals to fundraise for the operational costs of Sage House.

Key Contacts:

Lesley-Anne Lloyd – Fundraising at Dementia Support, including Corporates and Charity of the Year

Natalie Burchett – Community Events & Fundraising

Email: fundraising@dementia-support.org.uk             Tel: 01243  888 691

Read about Lesley-Anne here

Lesley-Anne joined our team in early 2018 and has extensive experience working for charities which involves raising over £25 million. She is passionate about charity and believes as a community great things can be achieved. She is incredibly respectful of anyone who gives to charity in whatever way and seeks to build long term, mutually beneficial relationships. Her driving aim is to ensure donations are respected and used in the most efficient and cost effective way, as well as ensuring donors are engaged with the journey.

Lesley-Anne has huge experience of working with Dementia and is thrilled to be part of the passionate and enthusiastic team at Dementia Support . She is a Dementia Champion meaning she can deliver ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions.

Read about Natalie here

Natalie joined our team in October 2017 as Fundraising Administrator and in April 2018 became the Community Events and Fundraising Lead for Dementia Support at Sage House.

She began her career with Emerson Process Management and progressed to HR Programs Manager for Europe working for the European HQ and lived in Switzerland for 6 years. After 27 years Natalie decided that working with, and fundraising for, people living with Dementia is where her passion lies. She is a true believer that ‘every little does help’ and that no donation is too small. Every contribution makes a greater change to someone’s life for the better and she is committed to helping others.

Natalie has a French Bulldog and supports 3 French Bulldog Rescue Clubs and she loves travelling, photography and her garden.

Marketing and Publicity

Before officially opening and since we opened our doors, the charity has been working to raise our profile in the local community through publicity in the local press, social media, talks, e-newsletters and leaflets.

If you would like to sign up for news, please follow this link.

If you can display our leaflets or posters, please contact us to request some Dementia Support literature: 01243  691 888   info@dementia-support.org.uk

For any queries about Marketing and Publicity for Sage House and Dementia Support, please contact Nicki Clarke, Communications Lead

Read more about Nicki here

Nicki has been living in the Chichester area since studying History at the University in 2004. After graduating she worked for the Army in a Military Museum and then moved on to Wiley Blackwell in Chichester.

Following the sudden death of her father whilst she was at University, Nicki trained and volunteered as a bereavement counsellor for the charity Cruse Bereavement Care in a role which she found greatly rewarding. She also took on the voluntary role of Publicity Co-Ordinator for the West Sussex Area of Cruse, which led Nicki to pursue a career in the charity sector, joining local charity the Aldingbourne Trust in 2012 as a Marketing Assistant.

Nicki joined Dementia Support in 2017 and is our longest serving staff member. She is thrilled to see Sage House open. Away from work she is a keen baker, a royal enthusiast and walker.

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